Africa's Human Rights Situation Is Cause For Concern
The 26-point communique adopted at the end of the proceedings, stated that various non-governmental organisations expressed "their concern" about the human rights situation in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Algeria, Chad, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, DR Congo, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroon and Angola.
The communiqu denounced "summary and arbitrary extra-judicial executions, humanitarian conditions of imprisonment and detention, mass population movements, obstacles to freedom of expression, movement and association, forced disappearances, and the violations that women, children, the disabled and the elderly in particular, fall victim to in countries engaged in armed conflict".
The commission also decided to send missions to Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Kenya and Burundi "to inquire about human rights in these countries."
The commission, which decided to hold its next session from 27 April to 11 May 2000 in Algeria, considered and adopted an additional draft protocol to the African Charter concerning women's rights in Africa.
It decided to send this draft document to the general secretariat of the OAU to enable it to "take appropriate follow- up action".
Rwandan Justice Minster Jean de Dieu Muco, who officially closed the proceedings, repeated his country's promise to ratify the protocol creating the African Court of Human Rights "in the very near future".
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